Look, ma, no hands! Self-driving car debuts
OTTAWA — A BlackBerry QNX-equipped self-driving car hit the road in suburban Ottawa in what was billed as the first on-street test of an autonomous vehicle in Canada.
The grey Lincoln MKZ pulled away with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, councillor Marianne Wilkinson and John Wall, general manager of BlackBerry QNX, aboard.
The street was closed for the public demonstration, which attracted scores of people, but the car is eventually expected to be operating on city streets amidst traffic and pedestrians.
BlackBerry QNX opened an autonomous vehicle innovation centre in Ottawa late last year. The company has been a supplier of software platforms to the auto industry for 20 years.
People watch a BlackBerry QNX-equipped autonomous car drive down an Ottawa street yesterday.